‘Murderer’ who molested and strangled a girl, 10, in her bed may never be caught after bungling police wrote off her death as an accident
- Investigation finds murder who molested and strangled a girl,10, might not be caught
- The Metropolitan Police dismissed the child’s death in 2016 as an accident
- But an investigation into how detectives looked into the case found 13 failings
Brendan Mcfadden For Mailonline
The murderer who molested and strangled a 10-year-old girl in her bed may never be caught.
The Metropolitan Police dismissed the child’s death as an accident.
But an investigation into how detectives looked into the case found 13 failings.
It found they failed to search for fingerprints, carry out tests on the probable murder weapon or seal the crime scene.
The Sun reported they also failed to check whether 15 samples of male DNA found on the girl’s underwear matched any on the national DNA database.
The murderer who molested and strangled a 10-year-old girl in her bed may never be caught. Pictures is Cressida Dick who leads the Metropolitan Police.
Detectives believed the girl had hanged herself on lace netting decorating her bunk.
As a result, a judge said that the investigation was ‘replete with the sort of mistakes in the Poppi Worthington case’, – a comparison to the 13-month-old who died in Cumbria in 2012.
The girl, who cannot be named, was found dead in 2016. The first officer noticed a thin mark on her neck.
High Court judge Mr Justice Francis identified the police failures in the investigation.
Due to the failings, DNA was not collected and the crime scene might have been contaminated.
Detectives also failed to follow up the girl’s family’s claims a relative known as Mr B might have been the killer.
The failings were highlighted in care proceedings last year.
In the proceedings, Mr Justice Francis ruled five of the girl’s siblings should return to live with their parents, despite the couple not being ruled out as suspects.
The Court of Appeal overturned his decision last week, following an appeal by London’s Southwark council.
The Met, led by Cressida Dick, said: ‘This remains a live investigation. We are acting upon the comments by the judge.’
What were the 13 failings in the hunt for strangler?
Failed to check properly for fingerprints
Failed to test hairs and fibres on netting on bed
Delayed blood and other tests for five months
Failed to test the strength of the netting
Failed to seal the crime scene properly
Failed to check locks on doors and windows
Failed to check whether house was secure
Failed to interview relatives who were with girl
Failed to search the national DNA database
Failed to look for sex offenders living locally
Failed to interview the suspect Mr B
Failed to order a full post-mortem examination
Closed their minds to possibility of foul play